A Few Job Search Tips

Posted by Mikalah On August - 30 - 2013 0 Comment

Whether you’re seeking part time employment while in high school, or looking to make a career switch after being in the workforce for more than a decade, its important to keep a few things in mind when it comes to planning out your career and searching for jobs. We’ve listed a few of them that we find to be most important, and we hope you can learn form them and apply them in real life!

Job Search Networking

Get this one right and you will have a much easier job throughout your working career when you decide to move from one job to the next. As you progress in your career, you will begin to build a sizable list of contacts. You can keep a list on your smart phone or computer as you collect the business cards and write down names of people you meet.

After you work at your first job, and when you are ready to get your next job, you should have some idea of what you would like to do in your career. You should go out of your way to talk to as many people that you work with. You can learn a lot about what other spouses do for a living, or about what different parents do. If you’ve made conversation with a lot of people you can draw on the contacts you’ve made to help you find your next job. In high school this isn’t as important in some respects because the jobs you are going to hold will most likely not be in the profession you would choose. In college, however, or once you decide your major, you should start building your contact list around that major.

Remember that you are trying to build a network of people with common interests. If you do your job well, you may never need a resume to get your foot in the door. You will have people referring you to future employers and to others who can help you. In college it can be your professors. If you belong to an organization or two (and you should), it can be someone from those organizations. An even better move would be for you to run for an office or volunteer to hold a position within that organization. That would give you exposure from many angles. Additionally, you can utilize the help of job search engines to connect with others of similar interests in your specific location. For example, if you’re looking for jobs in Michigan, you can use this job search engine to help you find Michigan jobs and people that are relevant to you.

Always seek to be with others who are high achievers, who have goals in their lives and who are hard working. It will pay off for you in the end. You are like the company that you keep. A little investment up front will go a long way in the long run.

Who Else Can Be On Your Networking List?

Starting your job search networking in your teen years is the best career or job search advice anyone can ever give to you. Why? Because building a networking list starting that early in your pre-career days will give you a tremendous advantage through out your life. How? You learn how to develop personal and business relational skills at a very young age. Think about it. When you want to buy a new stereo system for your car, don’t you ask your friends if they know anyone who sells stereo systems? If you need a ride to get somewhere because you don’t have a car, don’t you ask someone?

This is informal networking. It works the same in your job search. If you want to apply to a fast food restaurant as your first job, you might ask one of your friends from school who already works in a fast food restaurant if s/he has any connections that can get you in. You have just done your first job search networking. This is great for career development. Even if you get the job, your job doesn’t end there. Suppose you are majoring in elementary education in school. You find out that your new boss’s wife teaches at the elementary school in your local area. You ask him if it’s ok to talk to her to find out more. Voila! You’ve made a connection. You get her business card or write down her info and when you are ready to find that first teaching job, she would be on your list of people to contact. See you soon for another tip on this very important subject of job search networking.

Build Your Network

When do you start building your network? If you are in high school, it isn’t too early. Many people you come in contact with when you are a teen can be potential sources of employment. When you think about it, how many parents do you meet through your friends? What do your friend’s parents do for a living? Is it possible that you could start keeping track of what each of these sets of parents do? This would definitely provide a good basis for your job search once you graduate from high school. Extend that beyond high school and into college. If you would have started to build your list of contacts from early on, you would have a pretty sizable list. Who else could you put on your list? Think about it and I’ll provide a few more tips next time on who should be in your job search network.

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